Being in the healthcare biz, I have been surrounded my whole adult life by people griping about our healthcare system. And just to be clear, I entirely agree. Our system sucks! One of the things that irks me the most is when I hear politicians saying how they will fix the system, only to cave in to the pressures of the powerful special interest groups, especially the insurance, pharmaceutical and legal industries. It is now painfully evident that Obama was all talk. His “change” was to put us 3 trillion dollars further in the hole, without addressing the heart of the problem: those special interest groups. They will continue to rape the system, taking the money we all pay through our taxes and insurance premiums, instead of it going to help people who are sick.
Well, I’m not a politician, and I do have a simple answer to our problem. I have been saying this for years, so now I will make it official by posting it on my blog. The way to fix the healthcare system, IMHO, is to simply copy exactly what other, more successful countries are doing. They have already figured it out. Why re-invent the wheel?
Health Care Systems Compared:
You’ll notice that of these 9 countries, the USA is dead last in life expectancy and infant mortality rate, but tops in most money spent on health care per capita and as a precent of our gross national product. And these are just a few of the measures. Our system sucks in many more ways than these. When you hear people say we have the best health care system in the world, you can rightfully say, “No we don’t.”
So why spend 3 trillion dollars on a proposition that is almost certain to fail? Just copy exactly what any of these other 8 countries are doing! The financial healthcare pie will get smaller, and the pieces will be apportioned differently. Patients would get more of the pie. Insurance companies, drug companies, many lawyers, and many politicians would go hungry. They would have to live off the fat they have stored for way too many years now.